VIII - Judges

Judges from around the world can participate in TIC Americas Semi-Finals and Finals evaluating Teams.

Judges will be experienced, bilingual or multilingual professionals (English/Spanish/ Portuguese/French) with ample qualifications to carry out the judging of business/project plans and other materials submitted by Teams of TIC Americas.

Judges in both Semi-Finals and Finals phases will evaluate and score the projects according to the judging criteria and templates in these Rules and Terms of Reference.

Judges will provide feedback from the Semi-Finals and Finals to assist the participating teams in identifying areas for improvement.

Judges agree to score Teams fully and impartially based on the technical quality and presentation of the business/project plan and the Team's performance during the competition and without regard to nationality, age, education or other discriminatory factors.

All judges agree to terms of confidentiality prior to judging the business/project plans, and they agree to abide by the TIC Americas Rules and Terms of Reference established and published by YABT and PepsiCo.

Under any circumstance, mentors of participating teams cannot be judges. Mentors and judges cannot represent the same institution or organization.

YABT and PepsiCo will appoint a Virtual Evaluation Committee to coordinate the work of the judges and the review process during the semi-finals and finals.

Judges will participate on a voluntary basis and will not be paid by the Team, by YABT and PepsiCo or other sponsors.